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July 8, 2013 5:01:16 PM

I'm going to start building my first gaming PC in around a month and I got this chosen so far:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($5.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.39 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($105.98 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Fractal Design FD-FAN-SSR2-140 66.0 CFM 140mm Fan ($16.79 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($155.58 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($55.50 @ Amazon)
Speakers: Logitech Z130 5W 2ch Speakers ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1610.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-08 19:52 EDT-0400)

Is there any way I could save some money without losing performance or at least not lose that much? I got the budget for this build but I don't want to spend money on things I may get cheaper while maintaining quality and performance. The only thing I would be reluctant on changing is the case. I know that in one month the price is going to fluctuate a little but I don't think that much. Also I may be able to start buying parts in around two weeks so I could catch some sale, combo or promo before I get home from vacation in around a month and a half.

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July 8, 2013 5:19:35 PM

-The cooler comes with thermal paste
-Consider going down one size on the SSD. Go to a 128GB.

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July 8, 2013 5:26:47 PM
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Easy, don't download any Prince albums :p 
On a serious note, cut back on the SSD, if you aren't gonna OC,
switch the CPU to a i5-4670 (I think that's cheaper),
switch to a case which has a better airflow for cheaper (and comes with fans). Here is one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~ HAF 922
Get cheaper speakers (there are plenty of good, $12-18 speakers on pcpartpicker)
Get Cheaper RAM (same quality) for about $20 less

Sorry about not having a organized list, but there are some suggestions :) 
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July 8, 2013 6:18:21 PM

exodasius said:
Easy, don't download any Prince albums :p 
On a serious note, cut back on the SSD, if you aren't gonna OC,
switch the CPU to a i5-4670 (I think that's cheaper),
switch to a case which has a better airflow for cheaper (and comes with fans). Here is one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~ HAF 922
Get cheaper speakers (there are plenty of good, $12-18 speakers on pcpartpicker)
Get Cheaper RAM (same quality) for about $20 less

Sorry about not having a organized list, but there are some suggestions :) 

Thx for the response. Just fixed the typo. Cannot believe I missed it xD
I was thinking on going for the 128GB instead or even the 120GB non pro version but I'm afraid I would be battling for disk space the whole time. I may OC this thing that's why I chose the unlocked K version and a suitable mobo. I could save something on the case but I would like a more plain look like the Carbide series from Corsair. I may switch to the 300R or to the new 330R to save a few bucks but I really love the R4. The speakers where actually $14 on amazon a few hours ago so let's hope they get back to that price soon. About the RAM, this is the place where I just chose the one that looked better to me. Any suggestions on this one?
July 9, 2013 6:33:40 AM

Don't bother w/ 128 GB, it's too much for the OS + 1 or maybe 2 adobe programs combined. Get a 64GB SSD, and use the extra cash on a 1TB or 2TB HDD.
As for the speakers, there are plenty of choices :)  Just look for the big, reputable brands which offer products at a cheap price (Sony, Logitech, Gearhead, some Cyber Acoustic)
July 9, 2013 6:59:53 AM

Also, your case doesn't have side windows, so the RAM looks don't matter :p 
July 9, 2013 8:29:36 AM

exodasius said:
Also, your case doesn't have side windows, so the RAM looks don't matter :p 

I want at least 128GB for the OS+apps. In my current laptop I have around 70GB used in all that and I'm not counting my users folder with all the docs, music, pics. But I'm putting all those in my HDD along with steam games. For the speakers I just want something cheap since I already have some headphones that I can use for gaming/music. And my case does have a side window so looks are kind of important for me. I may get the non windowed version, in which case I may save some money getting RAM without heat spreaders.
July 9, 2013 8:31:21 AM

Ohh, you're still @ the R4 xD My bad
I'd still downscale the SSD, but it's your choice :) 
July 9, 2013 8:32:33 AM

I now have this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($5.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($105.98 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Fractal Design FD-FAN-SSR2-140 66.0 CFM 140mm Fan ($16.79 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($155.58 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($56.03 @ Amazon)
Speakers: Logitech Z130 5W 2ch Speakers ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1515.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-09 11:29 EDT-0400)

The price reduction is mostly because of the SSD. I also saw that a Gigabyte 770 is around $10 cheaper that the EVGA but I really prefer the looks of the EVGA. Is there any difference between both in regards to noise and heat?
July 9, 2013 8:34:50 AM

exodasius said:
Ohh, you're still @ the R4 xD My bad
I'd still downscale the SSD, but it's your choice :) 

Yep it's still the R4. I don't think that's going to change unless the new Corsair 330R is significantly cheaper. I'm really liking that one.
July 9, 2013 8:54:23 AM

Typically, EVGA is better when it comes to GPUs, simply because they've got better cooling systems in the card. I don't know if they're quieter or not (my first and only GPU hasn't come in the mail yet, and it's a sapphire), but according to this: http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1700137/gtx-770-... EVGA comes with a free backplate AND beter warranty :) 
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